How do I speak English confidently?

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Do you still feel nervous about speaking English to others even though you’ve spent a long time studying English? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Just like you, many people who are learning English don’t practice speaking as often as they want to because they’re afraid they will make a mistake or be laughed at. Don’t worry! Even native English speakers sometimes make mistakes and nobody will laugh at you. If you want to improve your English, you need to just be confident in your abilities.

Do’s and Don’ts

Learning languages can be made fun and interesting if you let go of your inhibitions. The “How Do I" series tries to list down a few Do’s and don’ts to guide and help you to English confidently.

Do’s

  • Reading and Listening is not enough. Practice speaking what you hear!
  • Joining an online forum helps you interact with native English speakers and gives you a chance to practice your English at home.
  • Read aloud to correct your mistakes.
  • Record your own voice. Listen and compare. Speak aloud to a person well versed in the language.
  • Be like a sponge and absorb every written or spoken word. The more you learn the more confident you will become.
  • If you are following a course, remember that your teacher is there to help you learn from your mistakes. Trust your teacher.
  • Remember to learn words, phrases, vocabulary and grammar. Concentrate on pronunciation.
  • Learn phrases and sentences so you don't have to think about the words you are saying. It should be automatic.
  • The right attitude can make the difference between failure and success in learning and speaking English confidently.

Dont’s

  • Don't translate the words from your mother tongue. The order of words is probably different and you will be both slow and incorrect by doing this.
  • Don’t go overboard. The key is to ease into learning English with less pressure.
  • Don’t feel nervous when you make mistakes. Remember mistakes are good!
  • Don’t procrastinate. Instead schedule and reward yourself for sticking to the schedule while learning English.
  • Don’t think of yourself as someone who is learning English and start thinking of yourself as someone who speaks English.

Last words

You don't have to go anywhere to become a fluent English speaker. You only need to surround yourself with English. You can do this by making rules with your existing friends that you will only speak English. As you can see, you can achieve results by changing what your surroundings are. Submerge yourself in English and you will learn several times faster.

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